MESA, Ariz. – The Cubs turned Theo Epstein’s “Baseball is Better” speech from his first Wrigley Field press conference into a marketing pitch that might distract fans for a moment from an awful big-league product. The 2017 “That’s Cub” ad campaign actually uses what started organically years ago within the farm system, two words that recognized a great at-bat or a heads-up play or a defensive stop. Business vs. baseball is no longer the dominant storyline it had been during the early phases of the Wrigleyvile rebuild. Business and baseball are booming for what’s become Major League Baseball’s version of the Golden State Warriors. It’s just interesting that a franchise valued at
Righty Tyler Thornburg seems a guarantee to join David Price on the disabled list to start the season. Thornburg, the biggest acquisition Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made for the bullpen this winter, was scratched Monday because of a spasm in his upper right trapezius not a great sign for a pitcher who already had throwing shoulder issues this spring. Sox manager John Farrell told reporters in Florida the spasm was not shoulder related. But the trap, a large muscle along the neck and back, does extend to the shoulder blade.
There hasnt been much good news about Chris Tillman for a while, but the Orioles pitcher threw on Sunday with no problems. For the first time in what feels like forever, Chris Tillman went through a scheduled throwing session when he was supposed to without experiencing any setbacks. Manager Buck Showalter told Orioles reporters before Sundays spring training game against the Blue Jays that Tillmans throwing went well today and hell be throwing again on Tuesday, as previously planned.